Peter Ward & Electric Blues!
Peter saw Muhammed Ali (then Cassius Clay) in his hometown of Lewiston Maine the day before Alis famous (and short) heavyweight bout against Sonny Liston. A few years later, another boxing champ, Emile Griffith, playfully punched Peter on the shoulder in a hotel lobby in the Catskills. (What is it with boxers and Peter?) Peter played blues in bands with his brothers Mudcat and Jeff in Maine, moved to Boston. In 1978 he commuted each week to Rochester, NY, to perform with Joe Beard and his Blues Union. Joe, a former neighbor of blues legend Son House, is a nice man who plays a mean guitar. In the 1980s Peter toured and recorded with the Legendary Blues Band which then comprised members of Muddy Waters' great band pianist Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie Smith, bassist Calvin Fuzz Jones and Jerry Portnoy on harp. Together they recorded Red Hot and Blues on Rounder Records. Ronnie Earl, a former roommate, described Peter one of the best young blues guitarists. Peter was married for 20 years to WGBH blues host Mai Cramer. She died in 2002 of breast cancer. Each year Peter and friends organize a fast-moving musical tribute tribute to Mai that raises money for charity and helps keep traditional blues alive.
In 2010 Peter produced and played on a western swing CD, "Goodbye Liza Jane: Hello Western Swing" featuring steel guitarist Herb Remington, an original member of Bob Wills' and his Texas Playboys. This year, Peter released his first blues CD, Blues on My Shoulders, which is getting national airplay, hit the blues charts and is getting excellent review.
George Dellomo: Most everyone in the Greater Worcester area knows George. He's a character and a great drummer. Hes performed with the regions greatest players and in many of the best venues in and around the city of Worcester. For many years he organized and helped create a highly popular blues jam at a friendly bar then called Franks (now Dunnys Tavern) in East Brookfield.
Bob Berry: When he plays, Bob keeps his electric bass guitar hanging as low as anybody. Its cool. And hes a terrific understated bass player whos adept at all kinds of blues and rock. Hes well-known as a reliable bottom-man on the rock scene in Worcester and a helluva nice cat to boot.